Organization praises Latimer’s many decades of public service, work to protect the environment
Endorsement comes in the wake of announced repeal of Obama-era clean power plan and unprecedented natural disasters impacting country
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Sierra Club’s Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Wednesday became the latest influential environmental organization to give its strong endorsement to state Sen. George Latimer, Democratic Nominee for Westchester County Executive.
“The Sierra Club is proud to announce its endorsement of George Latimer for Westchester County Executive,” said Ed Berry, political chair of the chapter, which covers Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. “He is a public servant who has a proven record of protecting New York residents and the environment.George Latimer is a man who listens to people. He will look carefully and analyze all available information instead of rushing into a 40-year-lease on our airport [as Astorino has proposed doing]. George Latimer is a man who does what should be done.”
The Sierra Club is America’s oldest grassroots, volunteer-run environmental organization. Earlier this week, Sen. Latimer was endorsed by Westchester Environmentalists for Latimer, a coalition of over 100 environmental leaders in Westchester County, and was one of sixteen Senators to receive a 100% scorecard based on his voting record from the Environmental Protection League.
“It is an honor to be endorsed by the Sierra Club. This endorsement means a lot at a time when our national and County administration has made clear that they don’t prioritize our environment. This is about safe drinking water, fighting climate change and protecting our open spaces. This is about fighting to ensure the quality of life here in Westchester now and in the future,” said Latimer.
Sen. Latimer’s record on the environment is in deep contrast to that of Astorino. Astorino, upon taking office, disbanded the county’s climate change task force and has questioned whether climate change is in any way caused by human activities. Astorino has failed to speak out about any of the recent Trump executive orders and actions that adversely impact the environment, such as Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Accords and the recent announcement to repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
“Westchester County is part of this country,” said Latimer. “The national politics affect us directly. We need a county executive who will speak against these destructive national policies. Throughout my public career and personal life, I have always placed environmental issues high on my list of priorities, and as County Executive I will make sure that we take every opportunity to make this a more sustainable county.”
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